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Revising Journal Club to Upgrade Pediatric Residents' Understanding of Evidence-Based Practice

Monday, May 6
2:20 PM - 2:35 PM
Room: Columbus AB (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Background : The pediatric department at a large academic medical center decided to revise their existing journal club model due to informal feedback from the residents that the current model was not meeting their needs. The first, second, and third year residents each had a specific role in presenting an article in a monthly journal club. The pediatric department requested that the library collaborate on a new approach to the assignment for the third year residents to improve evidence based practice and include more involvement with the librarians.
Description : The first cohort of 13 residents began in June 2017. The librarians rounded with each third year resident twice, on average. Librarians worked with the residents in developing answerable research questions, searching the databases, and providing methods to analyze results. At the end of each rotation, the resident presented the patient and findings to the other residents and attending physicians at a designated morning report. Residents also discussed how the literature did or did not apply to their particular patient scenario, and whether the standard hospital procedure was in line with the published evidence, followed by a group discussion. Afterwards, a librarian evaluated each resident on certain EBM competencies. A second cohort began in July 2018 and offered an opportunity to update the evaluation form to cover 10 specific competencies.
Conclusion : Third year residents were able to engage with librarians beyond the traditional journal club. Residents gained hands-on experience of searching the literature for a specific patient problem and had a platform to share their knowledge with their peers. Librarians utilized the one-on-one interactions to provide tailored literature search instruction based upon the resident’s research topic and results found.

Stephanie Hendren, AHIP

Clinical Information Librarian
Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library
Augusta, Georgia


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Peter C. Shipman, MLIS

Dental Medicine and Cancer Librarian
Robert B. Greenblatt, MD Library / Research and Education
Augusta, Georgia

Peter C. Shipman, MLIS, is the Dental Medicine and Cancer Librarian at the Robert B. Greenblatt MD Library at Augusta University.


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Gail Kouame

Assistant Director for Research & Education Services
Augusta University
Augusta, Georgia

Gail Kouame is the Assistant Director for Research & Education Services at the Greenblatt Library on the health sciences campus at Augusta University. Ms. Kouame manages the embedded librarian program for the health sciences colleges and units: Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Allied Health Sciences, and the Institute for Public and Preventive Health. Gail is embedded in the Medical College of Georgia and works primarily with first- and second-year medical students. Her research interests include health literacy in vulnerable populations and librarian integration into undergraduate medical education. In past positions, Ms. Kouame worked under contracts for the National Library of Medicine as well as for the Washington State Department of Health


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Darra R. Ballance

Director, Retention Programming & Technology
Georgia Statewide AHEC Network
Augusta, Georgia


Darra Ballance, MLIS, is the Director of Retention Programming and Technology for the Statewide Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Network at Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia (AU). She is also a faculty member in the Robert B. Greenblatt, MD Library at AU. At the AHEC her work has focused on retention of health professionals in rural and underserved areas. Darra has worked at AU (formerly the Medical College of Georgia) since 2006. She is webmaster for the AHEC Network in Georgia and also manages the AHEC’s Facebook page.

Before joining AU in 2006, Darra was a Senior Librarian at the Savannah River National Laboratory (a Department of Energy defense nuclear site) in Aiken, South Carolina from 1998-2005. During that time she served as chair-elect, chair and past chair of SLA’s Sci-Tech Division. Previously she worked as a hospital librarian at University Hospital in Augusta, Georgia, from 1992-1998.

Darra received her Masters in Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina, and is a South Carolina native.


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Rebecca Yang


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